David Villa's international career is not definitely over, according to Spain coach Vicente del Bosque.
Villa, 33, said before last summer's World Cup that he would be playing his final games for the country during the tournament in Brazil.
However, Del Bosque has hinted that the New York City FC captain -- who has won 97 international caps and is Spain's record scorer with 59 goals -- could yet be rewarded with a future call-up as he has "done so much for the national team."
"There are exceptional cases and one of those is David," Del Bosque is quoted by Reuters as telling Spanish radio.
Villa, who helped Spain to their Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 triumphs, has not been included in Del Bosque's squad for Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Ukraine and the friendly against Netherlands four days later.